Film ID:
NEFA 8767

JUST BILLINGHAM NO. 20

1949

Visitor Tabs

Description

ICI Billingham Fim Unit cine magazine bulletins produced to entertain and inform. Firstly, "Making the Miner Safer Still" dicusses new safety improvements underground in the anhydrite mines; secondly, a short film about the presentation of awards for long service with ICI Billingham.

Title: Just Billingham No. 20

Title: Making the Mine Safer Still

Loaded wagons on a train track suspended by a haulage cable travel through the mine. The voice-over outlines the need for safety provisions, which prevent the train from derailing or running down the shaft.

A worker props up a beam against the roof of the mineshaft.

A new mechanical device called The Derailer is shown as workers set up an exercise to test its efficiency in the face of a ‘runaway’ mine wagon. Miners push the wagons onto an incline and then let go. As they gain enough momentum to be a clear danger, the Derailer is shown to obscure the path of the wagons and stop them descending further down the mine shaft. The event is then shown in slow-motion. The miners clear debris away.

Title: Presenting Long-Service Awards

Clocks and watches in gift boxes are arranged on a table.

Long-serving members of staff receive clocks and watches, handed out on a stage. A voice-over describes the event.

Shots of staff accepting awards are intercut with audience reactions. Finally, the Chairman makes a speech.

The final shot is a close-up of a watch being fastened around a wrist.